address


address
address vb
1 *direct, devote, apply
Analogous words: bend (see CURVE): appeal, pray, sue, plead (see under PRAYER): aim, point, level (see DIRECT)
2 Address, accost, greet, salute, hail mean to speak to or less often to write or make a sign to a person in recognition or in order to obtain recognition.
Address usually implies formality and definite purpose; it also frequently suggests length of speech or communication
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address a petition to Congress

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how does one address a governor?

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it was Franklin, the thick chief mate, who was addressing him— Conrad

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Accost adds to address the idea of speaking first or without being introduced; it implies absence of formality and often suggests boldness or sometimes evil intent
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he accosted a passerby and asked for money

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the women . . . were accosted by two men who wanted to walk with them— Anderson

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Greet usually implies friendliness, goodwill, or cordiality; it is the precise word when welcoming is to be suggested
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the whole town appeared at the station to greet them

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my lord, the Mayor of London comes to greet you—Shak.

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Salute commonly stresses ceremoniousness or observance of courtesies demanded by custom
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the wife of his brother . . . must be saluted every day; but his paternal and maternal kinswomen need only be greeted on his return from a journey— William Jones

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then I salute you with this kingly title: long live Richard, England’s royal king— Shak.

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Specifically salute applies to formal or prescribed acts of recognition
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the soldier saluted his superior officer

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the president was saluted with 21 guns

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Hail implies heartiness, joyousness, and often noisiness
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he smiled and nodded and saluted to those who hailed him— Masefield

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It often stresses the idea of calling out especially from a distance
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hail a cab

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Analogous words: *speak, talk, converse: court, woo (see INVITE)
address n
1 *tact, savoir faire, poise
Analogous words: dexterity, facility, ease, *readiness: adroitness, cleverness (see corresponding adjectives at CLEVER): graciousness, affability (see corresponding adjectives at GRACIOUS): suavity, urbanity, diplomacy (see corresponding adjectives at SUAVE)
Antonyms: maladroitness, gaucherie
Contrasted words: awkwardness, clumsiness, ineptness (see corresponding adjectives at AWKWARD): boorishness, churlishness (see corresponding adjectives under BOOR)
2 *speech, oration, harangue, lecture, talk, sermon, homily

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